While we were busy creating our website and the
beautiful line of table linens that we offer, our
daughter (who was 18 at the time) suggested we make
our lace tablecloths with a scalloped edge. I immediately
understood her desire to find a way to vary the
look of the usual straight-edge cloth. I suggested
that a clip of some kind could gather up the fabric.
As this new idea began to grow, my friend Mia and
I discussed finding a way to make it adaptable to
many different designs, or party themes.
I searched for the right kind of clip for months,
never finding one that was just right, until my
friend Janet and later David at our office, both
came up with the brilliant idea of using a garter.
At first, I was skeptical. Not a garter…too
strange. But then David made a prototype and it
just worked so great. It did everything I wanted
it to. It wouldn’t damage the tablecloths
(you could even use it on antique linen). It was
so easy to use, and it could be made from Velcro,
thus allowing the different design pieces to be
Velcro backed for easy attachment.
I named it the “Couvert
Janet named the removable designs “themes”.
Sal and Juvenal at our factory refined the clip
until it was just right and now we have something
we are very proud of….a brand new way of decorating
a table! So thanks to everyone who contributed!
All the caterers I’ve ever met have gathered
their cloths at the corners using safety pins
or straight pins, a difficult and sometimes painful
procedure! Now, the professionals in the party
business just love it! You can collect as many
“themes” as you want, and use it on
the same set of clips. So, it’s out with
the pins and in with the Couvert Clips.....
Hope you enjoy!